Vanity Fair Oscar Party Red Carpet Rundown – Part 2

Posted on March 05, 2014

Celebrities, please remove your keys and wallet, place them in the trays provided and step into the judging booth holding your arms over your head. If we all cooperate, we can have you on your way in no time, okay? Don’t make us get the stick.




Alison Brie in Giambattista Valli

 A little on the bedsheet-y side of things, but still quite pretty.



Anne Hathaway in Viktor&Rolf

 It’s … okay. We don’t know what it is, but neither of her Oscars 2014 dresses really set us on fire. And it’s strange, because we’ve been absolutely loving her street style ever since she got the new stylist. But the red carpet stuff failed to impress.




Aubrey Plaza in Emilio Pucci

 The sheer panel’s a little awkward, but this is SO her dress. She looks great.



Elisabeth Moss in Houghton

 Are you kidding us? What the hell is that? It looks like a bra drawn by a 5-year-old.




Ellen Page in Saint Laurent

 It’s amazing what being open and true to yourself can do for your personal style, right Ellen? Brava. It might be a tiny bit of a post-coming out cliche look, but it’s honestly the best she’s ever looked in our eyes.



Emma Roberts in Fendi

 AWFUL. Someone should have told her that tomato-reds are completely off the table. It’s actually a great little dress, but the color does terrible things to her skin and the shape doesn’t really suit her. The matchy shoes bug us, of course.



Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier

The Ghost of Oscars Past.

In weird shoes.



Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad


She looks gorgeous.



Paula Patton in Celia Kritharioti


This is a QUINTESSENTIAL “Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me” moment. We’re tempted to wonder if she read the book, because it checks off several Be Me or Do Me Bingo tropes at once.

Having said that, the dress is only okay. She’s working the HELL out of it, but as dresses go, we wouldn’t normally be so laudatory. But it’s MILES AHEAD of her normal red carpet wear, which is usually so tacky and hoochie that we sometimes wondered if it was all a put-on. More importantly, lady is FEELING IT at the moment.



Saoirse Ronan in Valentino

We think the sleeves and the collar take it too far, but overall, it’s a beautiful and dramatic look. Kinda hate the hair, though.



Taylor Swift in Julien MacDonald

 Damn, girl. Welcome to the grownups table.



Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

 Really, really pretty. The shape is lovely on her, the romantic tone is totally her thing, and the print is both welcome on this night, and interesting to boot. And we like her hair, for once. Hate the bag, though.




[Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

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  • I love Alison Brie’s dress – so swirly and romantic – but she needs a more polished makeup and a few more jewels to avoid the post-afternoon-delight bedsheet look.

    • vitaminC

      I just thought she got mugged on the way over. WHERE ARE YOUR DIAMONDS, GIRL?! Seriously, a great necklace would have sent this look over the moon.

      • fursa_saida

        I think Alison Brie probably isn’t a big enough deal yet to get the loaners we all want her to have. This is unjust, but nonetheless I believe it to be true. ETA: In fact, I’m a little surprised she made it to VF at all. (I am very PLEASED, but still a little surprised.)

  • RussellH88

    Ellen Page looks pretty great.

    Though, you could slap a beard on her and I’d think it was Jared Leto.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      LOL- I do love what she’s wearing. I think it would look pretty great on them both, actually.

    • dustinrhodes

      OMG, choking. So funny.

    • wisenhar

      Exactly my thought. Tonight, the role of Jared Leto will be played by Ellen Page.

    • Ani Td

      I had that same thought. Though if her jacket was juuust a little shorter, the Leto effect would be less…

    • Gener1c

      I genuinely wondered for a moment if/why he got rid of his ombre & added eyeliner for the after party.

    • Mona_Visa

      And an Ellen/Lupita romance would be at least as cool and photogenic as a Jared/Lupita romance.

    • NinjaCate

      Good. Now I don’t have to feel terrible for thinking THE EXACT THING.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Compared to Paula Patton’s “Fighting Tiger” outfit, I’ll take whatever she’s serving right there. I actually think the dress looks great, and is far more complimentary than those high necklines she usually favors, which wind up looking terrible because she has a relatively thick neck. Brava girl- you go right on ahead and put those goods in the shop window!

    • algaechick

      Seriously. Was Robin influencing her dress choices? Time will tell.

      • Introspective

        or maybe the douchey cheating was occupying her brain so much as to block her fashion sense. either way, girl has clearly bounced back and not a moment too soon. she’s looking gorgeous here.

      • lunchcoma

        I can’t imagine Robin picking out dresses, but I imagine Paula summoned some pals for support after leaving. Maybe one of them staged a dress intervention?

      • ampg

        I’ve wondered in the past if Robin was involved in her dress choices. Remember that PR “real woman” challenge where the husbands were the consultants for their wives, and a bunch of the wives ended up in hoochie dresses? I think the designer version of that dynamic has been playing out in front of our eyes over the past couple of years.

      • AnaRoW

        Probably not. There’s that phrase, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Honestly though I’m hoping they’ll get back together. They can be adorable together (not style-wise of course). I know Robin’s been acting like a jackass since his hit song came out (although I didn’t think he actually cheated on her) but I don’t think he’s actually a bad person.

    • decormaven

      I also like how her hair is styled here. I do believe she’s been taking the dear uncles’ book advice to heart. Keep reading, hon!

    • demidaemon

      True. But don’t you miss tacky Paula already? I know I am. I want her to go to the “I’m so hot, I’m so supremely tacky” well. This is not what I want to see.

      • AR16

        I do miss tacky Paula! She was old school, pre-Joan Rivers, pre-TLo, pre-professional stylist as mandatory team member tacky. We don’t see the likes of that much these days and I’m already mourning it.

        • demidaemon

          Let’s hope this is just a minor hiccup and tacky Paula will be back soon!

    • kimmeister

      At that angle, her face actually looks a lot like Queen Latifah, which is a compliment.

  • thecitysleeps

    Yay Ellen! It’s probably what she always wanted to wear but had her team stick her in a dress because that was what was expected from her. You go girl, take that freedom. She looks hot!

    And Paula Patton just looks 10 million times more gorgeous and classy without Thicke in her surrounding area. Good riddance!

    • mmebam

      Say what? They’ve split?

      • MilaXX

        yep they split and Robin’s been on a very public take me back tour.

        • fursa_saida

          It’s been hilarious. I love it. If Robin Thicke did nothing else for the rest of his life but grovel it would please me greatly.

          • Anna

            Sooo lame. But indeed, hilarious. I hope she doesn’t give in.

          • H2olovngrl

            I snorted. Too funny.

        • thecitysleeps

          Good luck with that, sleaze bag. Please don’t give in, Paula. Fall in love with a way better man and stick it to him.

    • Scimommy

      I wonder if this is truly Ellen’s personal style and this is how she will dress for the RC from now on, or if it’s more of a post-coming out statement outfit. Time will tell.

      • thecitysleeps

        I have a feeling it is her true style, but we will have to wait and see 🙂 I def think it suits her more too, because she’s so tiny sometimes big gowns totally ate her alive, this is more quirky and with more personality and hot, still.

  • Coleen

    Tay-Tay is serving up Karlie Kloss realness. I can get with that.

  • ralish

    These dresses are so much more interesting than the attire at the actual Oscars.

    I’d like to host an award show after party where the dress code is: sweatpants required.

    • kmk05

      Rihanna would win that hands down.

    • Constant Reader

      If you promise to serve lots of chocolate, I will go every year. 🙂

  • mmebam

    This is my favorite ZD look ever – minus the bag.

    • CupcakeTrudy

      Mine too. She looks lovely and that dress is perfect for her.
      But, that bag is horrendous.

    • Introspective

      cannot believe how much i like something she is wearing!

      agree that the bag has to go but if i have to take a silly purse to get her away from the twee ( and the tights) towards something dramatic and fashion, Im on board. personal best ZD!

    • 3boysful

      Do we think she’s sporting black tights underneath?

  • Scimommy

    Finally, some beautiful patterns – Allison, Saoirse, and Zooey. The Oscars gown this year were sadly patternless (and sparkles don’t count). I especially love Saoirse’s look, and Zooey’s is beautiful, too, but what’s with the open mouthed “I’m-shooting-a-perfume-ad” expression?

    • ALT19

      It is a little JLo (ZD’s expression), but it’s a welcome change from her usual “quirky head-tilt” and as such I’ll allow it.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I prefer this Zooey than “Sad Clown posing” Zooey.

  • CupcakeTrudy

    Ellen Page looks absolutely adorable. Love.

  • Victor Beiramar Diniz

    tay-tay’s dress is very similar to beyonce’s vrettos vrettakos at the brit awards, isn’t it?

  • @Biting Panda

    Things I (surprisingly) love – the romantic florals and prints and Kristin Bell’s breasts,

    Thins I (Very unsurprisingly) hate – Swifty’s hair, anything worn by Elizabeth Moss and Emmy Rossum.

    • kmk05

      I think with her being so tall and thin, Taylor Swift needs some volume outwards with her curls, more a la Viola Davis or Evan Rachel Wood styling-wise. The look she’s sporting up here serves only to limply lie about her face and elongate her downwards.

    • demidaemon

      I like how the hair goes with the dress, but I do agree she has gone to this well again and again. Branch out a little, Taylor. It does a body good.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Poor Elisabeth Moss..she seemed to be doing so well. Maybe it was the change back to a brunette that has thrown her off again. Seeing her and Alison Brie (who looks really lovely) just makes me more inpatient for the new season of Mad Men!

    I actually like Emma Robert’s dress. Don’t like the shoes, but I think the dress is interesting and I don’t mind the color.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I think had the skirt had a bodice instead of a bandage bra, Elisabeths’ dress would have been so much better.

      • fursa_saida

        Plus, it seems like the actual bra bit isn’t hitting her in the right place–she’s holding her shoulders and chest really awkwardly, as though something terrible might happen if she relaxed.

        • Introspective

          yep. definitely on the brink of a wardrobe malfunction. and it makes her look so blocky. between the awkward shape of the bra, and the way it cuts her in two at too high a point in the waist, this dress is not elisabeth’s friend…

      • sundaynightaddict

        Have we confirmed in other pictures that this is actually a skirt? That seam down the front worries me that the bra might not be the only disastrous part of that look.

      • GillianHolroyd

        She looks like she’s taken a deep breath and holding it for the photographer.

  • VioletFem

    I don’t love Anne Hathaway’s dress for the Vanity Fair party, but it is better than what she wore to present the award. Also, I really like Zoey’s dress; it fits her style perfectly while still being age appropriate.

    • decormaven

      You need to see the pic of Jared Leto photo bombing Anne on the VF walkway. It’s a stitch!

      • VioletFem

        Yes I saw it! I love it! He was clearly having a lot of fun that night.

    • 3boysful

      Re Anne: Alexis Carrington just called and wants her dress back.

    • kimmeister

      I love AH’s dress here.

  • decormaven

    “It looks like a bra drawn by a 5-year-old.” BWAH! I love Elisabeth Moss, but that dress was not a good pick for her.

    • lunchcoma

      It’s really too bad, because I had thought she was getting it together style-wise.

      • decormaven

        Me too. She needs a stylist on board- I think many of her looks are self-selected. She’s a wonderful actress, but should leave style choices to a professional.

  • SewingSiren

    My number one favorite of this group is , Yes, The Ghost of Oscars Past. Just love it, weird shoes and all.
    Also like Saoirse de la butterflies, Zoey de la field of flowers, and Taylor Swift de la Shampoo.

    • Janet B

      I like Emmy’s dress too, unfortunately I like it better when I don’t see her head.

      I don’t know if it’s her hair or what.

      • fursa_saida

        She has very consumptive makeup on. I think it’s that, more than the dress, that prompted the ghost comment. Get some blush and some less sickly eye makeup, lady!

        • SewingSiren

          See, I like the way she does her make-up (or has it done as the case maybe). She has a unique old fashioned face that looks very striking in sepia tones.

          • fursa_saida

            I usually like it too–most of the time when her makeup gets criticized here I’m actually on her side of the fence–but this particular time went a little too far in that direction for me. YMMV and all that.

  • kmk05

    Ellen Page looks amazing and I have the strongest urge to rip all her clothing off her and run away with it.

    Biggest surprise is Zooey: finally! A dress with whimsy and her style that isn’t too twee, and styled hair!

    Is it okay to love the Ghost of Oscars past? Because it’s a valid look, and she’s working it. Would look awesome in a Victorian editorial.

  • Anna

    -Emmy Rossum…the fuck??
    -Love Ellen, love that houndstooth-looking pocket square.
    -Paula is clearly feeling G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S. Don’t look back, I’m cheering for you, girl!

  • Sobaika

    Emmy Rossum looks both dead and drunk.

    • Introspective


      and im clueless because she usually gets it so right. i hoped we had moved on from the sickly makeup look, but alas hollywood wants to swing back to it for no good reason.

    • Little_Olive

      She always looks like she comes bearing a message from above. I am on the fence on whether it is *her* or an affectation.

  • Nancer

    Zooey’s purse just makes sense to me. I have a hard time with evening clutches. While beautiful, they are a pain in the patootie to keep track of and you have to keep them in a death grip all evening. I am totally into Zooey going with something cute that she can just hang off of her shoulder! So much easier to manage!

    • Ginger

      Geez…there you go being all practical and shit. This is celebrity-land, dollface. Practical is so passe! 😉

    • MilaXX

      You have to master the art of the arm tuck.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I have carried a clutch for an entire weekend in Vegas and found it much easier than a purse dangling off my arm. As @MilaXX:disqus says, there is an art to the arm tuck.

      • Nancer

        Guess I have to master the art of the arm tuck! There is still so much left to learn… :]

    • Guest

      Guess I need to master the arm tuck! I have so much yet to learn….. :]

  • Mrs. Julien

    Allison Brie’s dress is sooooo pretty and sometimes that is enough.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Seriously Zooey, the purse? I loved that dress, but the extra long length shoulder purse…blah!
    I want to love Paula’s dress more but all that damn illusion netting is distracting and I’m thinking the right amount of tit tape and she wouldn’t have needed it.
    Kristen’s dress is lovely on her, but that tiny split in the middle makes it look like the dress exploded at the seam.
    I can’t call a FTW in this round…everyone is either really bad or meh.

  • MilaXX

    I’mma let you finish Taylor, but Beyonce wore it better in Emerald green weeks ago.

    • SewingSiren

      Even better on Julie Christie in Shampoo (circa 1975).

      • Imasewsure

        Gawd I loved that movie… Goldie at her best and Julie at her most gorgeous

  • elemspbee

    Love Ellen Page look, and agree with T’Lo.
    Kristen Bell–wowz!
    Paula P–ditched the relationship and found class. stay on course.
    Zoey–terrific dress. hate what the camera caught.

  • EveEve

    Saoirse Ronan’s Valentino would have stunned as a strapless or halter.
    Both Elizabeth Moss and Emmy Rossum (or their stylists) need to decide who they are and what image they truly want to present on the red carpet. They’re both all over the place.

  • MilaXX

    I may be in the minitory but I don’t like Ellen Page’s look. The eyeliner is a bit too Joan Jett and I don’t think the shape & size of the jacket make her look weird. Lose the jacket and tone down the eyeliner and I’d be okay.
    I like Emma Roberts look but not the color. I don’t now if it’s a mild fake tan or what, but she has yellow understones. Tomato reds will never look good. If this look was in a blue toned red it may have been a werq or at least an atta girl for me.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Ellen also looks completely uncomfortable and terrified.

      • fursa_saida

        She always does. I think she just hates this sort of thing. But also, this is her first really major public appearance since coming out; I’d be feeling anxious, too.

    • fursa_saida

      See, my favorite thing is Ellen’s eyeliner. I agree the proportions on the jacket are wrong–it’s making her look like she has leprechaun legs–but I also don’t like how very narrow the pants are in the ankles (and is one side actually tucked into the boot?). It only adds to it. If the jacket were shorter and slimmer, and the pants a little more cigarette-y, I’d be all for it.

    • Kayceed

      One of YSL’s muses was Betty Catroux – always in a dark jacket and skinny pants. I thought Ellen’s ensemble from Saint Laurent was a total call-back to that iconic look.

    • Grumpy Girl

      Yes, I too found that eyeliner on Ellen Page to be just way too much. I’m not loving the hair, either, but if I had to change one thing, it was that eyeliner.

  • Alyssa

    My faves of this round are Saoirse, Zooey (minus the bag), and Kristen. I love prints on the red carpet, and think Zooey finally managed to embrace her style without going overboard on twee. I’m a Marshmallow, so I’m hoping Kristen Bell keeps it up over the next week or so!

  • Janet B

    I’m sure that Anne Hathaway has a waist, but both dresses she wore obscured it.
    Ellen Page should relax (her fists), her look is fantastic.

  • Danielle

    I want to pick Ellen Page up and take her home and watch Netflix all night. Luv Huh.

  • Mismarker

    Can we all agree that consumptive makeup should no longer be a “thing”?

  • ashtangajunkie

    Without the bag, I’d say this is a personal best for ZD. Ellen Page looks great, although a little scared.

  • Kelly

    I think Zooey’s look is a personal best (minus the distracting purse). And I think Ellen Page is a little *too* much of coming-out cliché. We were doing this schtick back in my own coming-out days (i.e., many years ago). But where I have to part ways with you, Brothers T and Lo, is on your assessment of Anne Hathaway. I adore this dress — I find it really chic and striking and well-suited to her shape and hair. Such an improvement over Nipple-gate and her presenter’s breastplate.

    • Evan

      I like Anne’s dress too, but I think it would look better on somebody with darker skin. I don’t think white looks the best on her. I’m a super pale ginger, so I have the same problem.

  • cocohall

    Both of Anne Hathaway’s dresses were working the same vibe: black and white and edgy, but really better suited to someone at least 20 years older. The dresses are fine, but just not on her. Paula Patton – you have lost weight! About 175 lbs, I’m guessing and you’ve never looked better! Despite all his public begging, don’t let Mr. Blurred Lines back in the door. Taylor Swift seems to be benefitting from her new friendship with Lorde. She looks great. Elizabeth Moss’s dress for some odd reason accentuates her forehead. How is that possible? Love everything about Emma Roberts look except the color. But she looks terrific. Zooey seems like she is dressing with an eye firmly planted on her Expiration Date. I don’t think she can work this look much longer. She looks fine, but I am really longing for her to grow up a little. Just a little.

  • Laura Renee

    Just realized Ellen Page is everything I want to be.

    Someone should be fired for Emmy Rossum’s makeup. Way to make her look like an old, amateur wax production of herself.

    WOW, Kristen Bell. I’d have chosen a different color, but WHAT A DRESS.


  • Kathleen

    Loving Ellen’s & Taylor’s looks.

  • fursa_saida

    I am SO HAPPY Saoirse Ronan has finally found something kind of weird that actually works for her. I want her to have all the kind of weird dresses as long as they’re NOT TERRIBLE.

    Otherwise, I don’t have a lot to say that hasn’t been said in the post or the comments. I wish I could adjust the proportions on Ellen a tiny bit, but the general concept I’m all over. EAT IT, ROBIN THICKE. SUFFER AS LONG AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE, PLEASE.

  • Sarah

    I actually think Emma Roberts looks fantastic – such a cute dress. And LOVE Zoey’s look too. Ugh… how I loathe Taylor but she looks diva-tastic too.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Um. Holy Kristen Bell, batman. And Taylor Swift should wear Julien MacDonald all the time. That is all.

  • HIGH FIVE, Ellen!
    Saoirse looks AMAZING.
    Swift looks really spectacular as well, I kinda hate to admit.

  • MsC

    Emmy Rossum is channeling Nancy Kerrigan’s 1994 skating dress. Which means someone should take a steel pipe to this getup, especially the shoes.

    What was with Ellen Page that night? Every photo I saw was the same dead-eyed, thousand-yard stare.

  • marlie

    My favorites: Alison Brie, Kristen Bell, Taylor Swift, and Zooey Deschanel (I’m shocked, too). Ellen Page gets an honorable mention for looking so badass (except I think the jacket is a tad too big). Annie’s dress looks a little too dated, and Elisabeth Moss’ makes me want to cry.

    But can we please talk about PAULA PATTON? This is a WERQ, an ATTAGIRL, and a PERSONAL BEST for her. She’s never looked so classy, tasteful, and put together. Her hair looks good, her makeup looks good, and there’s no ridiculous posing. Love it.

    • Sara Brams-Miller


    • demidaemon

      On Paula: I know. That’s why I hate it. I’m a fickle bitch, and I want my super-tacky Paula Patton.

  • Little_Olive

    I’m very sorry, but Ellen page looks like Jared Leto’s alter ego. It needs a jacket with a bit of a twist and/or different hair.

    Loving the florals, which I usually don’t. Allison and Zooey really nailed.

    Anne… why did you look al night like you were contractually obligated to be there? Mix it up, girl.

    Paula… oh, whatev. Not happening as much as she thinks it is.

  • KinoEye

    ELLEN PAGE. I’d wear everything she’s wearing. She looks incredible. And Taylor Swift, where have you been hiding your inner glamazon? About time she came out to play. And yay, Aubrey Plaza! Orange is her best friend. I like the Deschanel’s dress, but that does nothing to knock her down from the top of my Irrational/Rational Hate List.

  • kmc1138

    Ladies between the ages of, oh, 35 to 42 – remember those cropped jersey knit cardigans by Outback Red and Forenza from the Limited? The print on Zooey’s dress totally reminds me of those cardigans, in a really good way. Such a throwback print without being all “look how retro I am!!”

  • clatie

    who the hell does veronica bell think she is? this whole double dressing thing makes me insane. when a nominee/winner does it, I begrudgingly put up with it, but VERONICA BELL?! Spare me.

  • msdamselfly

    Love Alison Brie

  • Constant Reader

    Awww… Paula Patton looks so much better than usual and comfortable in her own skin! Turns out all she needed was to lose 200 pounds of douchey husband.

  • BayTampaBay

    IMHO it is Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta as the best dress. Do not normally like her style but she is rocking it this time.

  • Cheryl

    I love prints, but they are hard to pull off. We’ve all seen some horrible examples right here, but Alison Brie’s dress is lovely. Something sparkly around the neck would have been nice.
    Ellen Page, fantastic, absolutely great.
    Elizabeth Moss, NO, NO, NO! I’ve seen here right on this site, look fantastic. This is disappointing, because of previously seeing her look great. Did Peggy pick the dress?
    Paula Patton, honestly other than seeing her on TLo dressed in hookerish clothing, I’ve got no clue who she is, but because of that, this is such a huge improvement.

  • Lilithcat

    I think Alison Brie’s dress is lovely, though the waistband is an oddly different shade of white. Fix that, and it’s perfect.

    And my god do I love Zoey Deschanel’s look!

    I should note that I’m probably biased because they are both so spring-like, and, boy, am I anxious for spring! We’ve hit the record for 0 and below, as well as days with measurable snow, and are close to having the 3rd highest accumulation. So anything that reminds me that this won’t last forever is aces in my book!

  • lamamu

    Something about the shape of Emmy Rossum’s eyebrows makes her have dueling looks of disdain and disbelief with a smidge of hauteur. It just cracks me up. Oh, and those shoes belong in a fire pit.

  • I want an Ellen Page action figure.

  • webslice33

    Love Zoey’s!!

  • Candigirl1968

    This is the best Paula Patton has ever looked. Here’s hoping for more of the same.
    Who is this very grown woman-ish Taylor Swift, and can we see more of her?
    Zoey D looks great too. In addition to the freshness and lightness of the dress, it’s actually the right size. More please.
    Saoirse Ronan’s dress is breathtaking. Would love to see a sleveless version on Naomie Harris.

    Both of Anne Hathaway’s Oscar dresses seem to be 10-15 years more mature looking then they ought to be.

    • lunchcoma

      I’d been wondering who was going to wear that de la Renta gown since I saw the print in runway shots. I wouldn’t have picked Zooey, but this is perfect for her. Light and sweet, but not childish or twee.

      Taylor Swift wasn’t twee, either, and it’s surprisingly great on her!

  • Tracy_Flick

    Anne Hathaway looks like she’s working on a cruise ship.

  • Zoey D looked so, so pretty. Even despite the impression that the dress is dirty. Hair/makeup – 5 of 5.

    • Kitten Mittons

      That was my thought, too. I really like the print, shape, everything. But the skirt part looks kind of dingy, I think because the bodice is lined with a white. It’s the contrast between the top and bottom that’s bugging me. Overall, though, just lovely.

  • DTLAFamilies

    FYI for Lupita fans: Buzzfeed has an article with photos of every single red carpet look she wore this season. I can’t link to it, unfortunately, but worth searching it out to see how amazing she was this year.

  • KT

    Once again, these are all so much more interesting than the Oscar dresses themselves! I’m really enjoying looking through these, thanks TLo.

    That said, I strongly disagree with you re: Aubrey Plaza — that dress is tacky as shit!! The color is great on her, but that’s about it. Totally on the same page re: Ellen Page – she looks good, but my first thought was, “oh now that you’re out, you’re going to wear a tuxedo…. how expected.” Emma Roberts looks like she’s 60 years old, somehow. Agree that Kristen Bell, Paula Patton and Taylor Swift all look great — and those are three ladies that oftentimes do not.

    And I absolutely love Zooey’s look – that is the perfect dress for her, and you can tell she’s feeling it. Might be a personal best, aside from the bag.

  • rlc

    Is Emma Roberts always so sickly skinny? That picture makes me worry about her.

  • demidaemon

    Love Emma Roberts dress. I think it looks good on her actually, though I would like to see it on a girl with a different complexion.

    And Paula…Paula…I am so disappointed. Where’s the tacky? Was that all Robin? Tell me it ain’t so!

    • Shawn EH

      Yes, it was all Robin. He’s poisoning Miley now. And Emma needed some killer black boots or something just stranger and not so girly to go with that fierce dress.

  • JaCory Deon

    Based on how they all look, Ellen Page is the only one I’d want to spend the evening with – the rest look so “meh” to me. What sort of diet did these chicks go on prior because everyone here is looking slimmer than their normal weight. Poor things!

  • frannyprof

    WTF, Ms. Elisabeth Moss?

  • quiltrx

    In my mind, this is a personal best for Zooey. I loved that dress at first sight in the collection, and she’s just the girl for it. And her hair’s fabulous.
    And the color of Emma’s dress is a shame…because I think it’s a really interesting, cool dress otherwise.
    Also, I’m ALL about the black and white, so I actually love Anne’s dress. It has a graphic quality that pulls your eye to her.

  • dschubba

    My “meh” evolved into an “OH NO” as I scrolled down to Emmy’s shoes.

  • Trickytrisha

    Drooling over Zoey’s bright, fun, sophisticated dress. She’s pretty glorious here. Elisabeth Moss’s dress has me scratching my head – can’t tell if the bra is built into the dress, in which case thumbs down to the designer for the lumpy shape, or if it’s a strapless bra, in which case thumbs down to Elisabeth’s people.

  • Jacob Bowen

    After being sick on the couch all day, Paula Patton’s dress still screams, “Say Yes to the Dress” tacky, so I feel it is a bit true to self…,yet she looks FABULOUS! And I LOVE all of the good attention Kristen Bell is getting, she was FABULOUS in Frozen (and OF COURSE in Veronica Mars), and I think she is just so underappreciated.

  • Heather

    Why does Emmy Rossum keep sticking with the “I’ve got consumption” makeup? She should stop that.

    Zooey looks perfect in that Oscar de la Renta dress. The collection that dress is from is one of my favorite things.

  • French_Swede

    Wondering why tomato-red is so wrong for Emma Roberts and fine for Kristen Bell? They have similar coloring.

    • livesarah

      I don’t know if it can be elucidated, but I don’t know how you can look at those photos and not think that it looks awful on Emma and amazing on Kristen!

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Ellen Page looks like she’s dressed up as ‘Awards Season 2014 Jared Leto’ for Halloween.

  • Shawn EH

    Guys, Paula totally read your book. It was probably very consoling.

  • Judy_J

    Emmy Rossum’s shoes look like old rain boots she found in the sale bin at the Goodwill. Quite possibly the ugliest things I’ve seen in quite a while.

    • kimmeister

      There was a whole collection (can’t remember who) that was posted here that was full of those terrible lace booties.

  • e jerry powell

    Did Hedi dress Ellen Page, or did she get that off the rack? Hedi did a lot better by Ellen DeGeneres.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Zooey Deschanel found a grown-up dress that really suits her personal style. Happy to see Paula Patton working a different look, too.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Who knew Kristen Bell could pull something like this off?
    Emmy Rossum is dressed for the wrong occasion; this is not a wedding.
    I actually quite like Hathaway’s gown. I think it’s her hairstyle that is wrong. Same with her Oscar dress. She should’ve gone with an edgier do.

    • livesarah

      Kristen Bell looks the best she’s ever looked, IMO.

      I didn’t get the hate for both of Hathaway’s gowns at all.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I actually really like Ann Hathaway’s VF Party dress. It’s beautifully fitted and lovely, IMO.

  • Lilak

    OK, fine … Tay’s at the grown-ups table. But I wouldn’t want to be within 5 feet of that left elbow.

  • FridaStaire

    Lovely Ellen Page! How great was her coming out speech! I don’t even care that her trousers are a tad too long. With all that is going on in the world, we need young people like her with courage.

    • livesarah

      She’s so awesome. But, perhaps a sign that I don’t ‘get’ fashion, I think her outfit is awful. And her eye makeup makes her eyes look droopy.

  • Clash D

    I loathe Taylor Swift with the contempt of a 1000 Grumpy Cats but damn if she doesn’t look amazing in that dress.

    • livesarah

      I share your loathing, but I think she looks here like a younger Rachel Zoe. And I don’t mean that as a compliment. It’s well-fitted and well executed, as usual, but there’s something off.

  • AutumnInNY

    Emmy Rossum-nice wedding dress. Elizabeth Moss…..eek. It looks like one of Annette’s old beach party bathing suit tops.

  • amaranth16

    Alison Brie! Aubrey Plaza! Kristen Bell! You all look gorgeous!

    Zooey looks like she’s making fun of TSwift’s pose 🙂

  • FloTom

    Does Taylor Swift even eat ?

  • Ms. Tay Tay, bravo!